Then and Now

The Temple Mount: Conference Report

I have spent much of the last month attending conferences.  Fun, but tiring.  But fun. Let me offer a few thoughts on one of them,  “Marking the Sacred: ​The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem,” which took place at Providence College on June 5-7, 2017.  The conference involved about thirty scholars who discussed the archaeology and significance...

There Was a Temple on the Temple Mount

I have many friends who find the New York Times’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be “anti-Israel.”  By this, I think that they mean that given a (surprisingly large) number of possible narratives through which to present a news story, the Times often picks one that lies somewhere within the Palestinian spectrum.  I never...

Was Paul a Palestinian Jew?

In her review of How the Bible Became Holy in the Wall Street Journal, Sarah Ruden wrote: He tries to undercut, for instance, the well-founded consensus that Paul was a Diaspora Jew, from a family established in Tarsus (in modern-day Turkey), who first lived in Jerusalem during his youth or young adulthood for study and...

From Israelite to Jew: 3: Exile

The third episode of the podcast, “From Israelite to Jew.” This episode discusses the events leading up to the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE, and the resulting exile. The podcast can be heard here, or click on the player below. It can also be accessed via iTunes.